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Marketa Lazarová (1967)

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A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval Czechoslovakia - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return.

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Frantisek Vlácil
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Kemr ... Kozlík
Magda Vásáryová ... Marketa Lazarova
Nada Hejna Nada Hejna ... Katerina
Jaroslav Moucka ... Jan
Frantisek Velecký ... Mikolás
Karel Vasicek Karel Vasicek ... Jirí
Ivan Palúch ... Adam 'One-handed'
Martin Mrazek Martin Mrazek ... Václav
Václav Sloup ... Simon
Pavla Polaskova ... Alexandria
Alena Pavlíková Alena Pavlíková ... Drahuse
Michal Kozuch Michal Kozuch ... Lazar
Zdenek Lipovcan Zdenek Lipovcan ... Jakub
Harry Studt ... Old Count Kristián
Vlastimil Harapes ... Young Count Kristián
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Storyline

Mikolás and his brother Adam rob travelers for their tyrannical father Kozlík. During one of their "jobs" they end up with a young German hostage whose father escapes to return news of the kidnapping and robbery to the King. Kozlik prepares for the wrath of the King, and sends Mikolás to pressure his neighbor Lazar to join him in war. Persuasion fails, and in vengeance Mikolás abducts Lazar's daughter Marketa, just as she was about to join a convent. The King, meantime, dispatches an army and the religious Lazar will be called upon to join hands against Kozlik. Stripped-down, surreal, and relentlessly grimy account of the shift from Paganism to Christianity. Written by Joyojeet Pal <joyojeet@hotmail.com>

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

24 November 1967 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Marketa Lazarová See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film is the best Czech film of all time according to a 1998 poll of filmmakers and critics from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Marketa observes a reindeer in the forest, you can see a director Frantisek Vlacil in jacket in the left of the frame. He was actually trying to scare deer, because they didn't want to move. This could be seen only on some of the Blu-Ray and DVD versions. See more »

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The UK DVD is cut by 3 secs to remove a shot of a snake being stabbed. See more »

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Powerful
1 December 2005 | by adamhrubSee all my reviews

First i have to say that my journey to understanding this film was not an easy one. I ve seen it first time at age of 19teen and was quite a confused.. cause I've seen not much story, not much dialogues not much conversation in this film.. i just knew even from school that this movie according to lot of people in czech republic where vlacil and me are from should have won Oscar instead of "ostre sledovane vlaky". I ve returned to this movie few years later.. and was astonished... main power in of this movie doesn't lay in plot or conversations. u have to watch as a story about love made in AMAZING audio visual manner. true masterpiece and piece of art which is going to last forever i think. The scenes have so much of pathos (in a good way) that make u wanna cry.. acting performances are astonishing, especially Josef Kemr... this film is a true emotional experience.. i can only recommend it to you..


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